Talking to a Physician about Low Testosterone
The signs and symptoms of Low Testosterone may be difficult to tell from the changes that occur with normal aging, or may be assumed to be caused by other medical conditions. So if you have symptoms of Low Testosterone, talk to your doctor during your routine checkup and ask if you should have a blood test.
If you have diabetes, ask your doctor if you should be tested for Low Testosterone. The Endocrine Society recommends that all men with type 2 diabetes have their testosterone levels checked. Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes have an increased chance of also having Low Testosterone.
Having a prepared list in hand is a great way to make sure that your doctor addresses all your questions about Low Testosterone. That’s why we’ve created this useful Doctor Discussion Guide. Simply print it out and take it with you to your next doctor visit. If there are more questions you would like to ask, be sure to add them to the list.
Remember, only your doctor can decide if you need a blood test. So the more information you provide will help him decide what’s best for you.
- I don’t feel sick; I just don’t feel like myself anymore. What could be causing it?
- Are the symptoms I am experiencing and my other conditions related to Low Testosterone? Considering my symptoms, should I be tested for Low Testosterone?
- What medical treatment options are available if I have Low Testosterone?
- What is the difference between the different testosterone replacement therapies?
- If I have Low Testosterone, what happens if I don’t have it treated?
- How does my diet, fitness and lifestyle affect my testosterone?
If you’re taking any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or vitamin supplements, be sure to tell your doctor.
There are several different treatment options available. Which treatment depends on what you and your doctor decide is appropriate.
FDA approved treatment options:
Testosterone gels are applied daily. The testosterone in the gel is absorbed into the body through the skin. Gels provide continuous delivery of testosterone throughout the day It’s important to make sure that other people are not exposed to the gel. This typically occurs when skin-to-skin contact is made with the application site.
Patches – Patches allow testosterone to be absorbed by the skin. Patches are applied daily.
Injections – Testosterone is given in shot form, usually in the upper buttock, every 1-2 weeks, by your doctor.
Buccal Tablet – In your mouth, the tablet is applied to the gum, where testosterone is absorbed over a 12-hour period.
Pellets – Pellets are placed under the skin near the hip by a doctor during a surgical procedure.